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Latest News...                          July 12, 2018
This past week St. Gregory Armenian Church was blessed to have Rev. Fr. Armash Bagdasarian join us for the Celebration of Divine Liturgy and the Feast of Transfiguration "Vartavar." The choir sang beautifully as the Altar chanted the blessed prayers for this magnificent feast which remembers the events of the Gospel, when Christ Jesus was transfigured and the prophets Moses and Elijah appeared next to him. Fr. Armash reminded us that it is not merely an event that we remember once a year in the Church but rather we must also be transfigured every time we leave the Church, being an example of Christ to those around us. At the end of the homily, the community joined together as the "blessing of the four corners of the world" was conducted. During the celebration Rev. Dn. Narek splashed everyone with rose water, a practice which the Armenian Church holds of splashing each other with water on this feast.
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13)

This past Sunday was the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. After hosting the coffee hour, St. Gregory ACYOA packed lunches for the homeless. We then carpooled to Michigan Avenue and spend the rest of the day walking down the streets and handing out bottles of water and bags full of sandwiches, fruits, and snacks, to any homeless individual we came across.  At the Transfiguration of our Lord, Jesus began to shine with bright rays of light. Our Father also blessed us with bright rays of light during our walk around downtown.  The weather was beautiful and everyone radiated with joy.  Each “thank you“ filled our hearts with so much love. At one point, others saw what we were doing and were also moved by it. Not only did we impact the lives of those in need, but we also inspired others to hopefully do the same. As Christians, we are responsible to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ. No one should feel alone and forgotten about. 

The ACYOA Central Council started a new initiative called Summertime Service. This initiative is to keep the youth together, serving their churches and local communities. July focuses on service to the community. Our ACYOA is proud to have accomplished thatgoal.
#ACYOAservice
 
Written by Ms. Nora Knadjian
Donations for Grapes
August 12, 2018 the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In observance of this day, we bless grapes, which are then distributed to the community. This year we will be hosting our Grape Blessing during our wonderful yearly Summer Armenian Fest.
 
For this occasion we kindly ask our community for donations of grapes. If you would like to make a monetary donation for this occasion please make your offering for this purposel to the church office by August 5. Thank you and God bless!!

Come one Come ALL!!
 
Can you believe it, it's almost that time of year again, the days are getting longer and soon the BBQ's will be lite up for summer. St. Gregory is preparing for its 2-day SUMMER ARMENIAN FEST and we would love for our community to get involved. TUESDAY JULY 24 7:30 P.M. we will be holding our FINAL meeting in order to continue with planning. If you have enjoyed our Armenian Fest and would like for you to get involved to make this year another great success please contact the Church office at 773-637-1711 or Dn. Narek directly at dn.narekg@gmail.com.
 
If you'd like more information about this years Fest, be sure to check out our Events Page
Home Blessing Prayers
Traditionally after Christmas and Easter, as well as when moving or renting into a new home or work place families invite their pastor to their homes or workplace for a special prayer and blessing. The prayer is for the place you live and spend significant time in. The this practice is also part of our heritage as Armenians. If you would like a special home prayer, please contact Dn. Narek, to schedule a time and date.
During the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, the Armenian Church remembers the "Steward" in the Gospel of Luke. And we understand from this passage and as well from many other places within the Holy Scriptures that we are each stewards of this life, our homes, our workplaces and as well of our Church. However, when we speak of stewardship in the Church, we mean more than financial stewardship. Stewardship is a refocusing of the heart and mind and an understanding that what we are investing today is for the future. What we give whether big or small, God will multiply and make fruitful.

As St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church begins to grow and continue in its mission to spread the Word of God to everyone, we also must remain aware of the physical needs of the Church we call home. Therefore, we would like to ask you to remember us in the your loving and charitable spirit as we all begin to prepare for the blessed feast of Resurrection.

As well, we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in sharing ideas and thoughts on ways we can continue growing as Stewards for the benefit of our community and family. If you are interested or have some thoughts, please contact the pastor, Dn. Narek at dn.narekg@gmail.com

Sell Everything and Buy the Field

Help Support FAR Programs
"Humans have nothing more in common with God than the ability to do good" (St. Gregory the Theologian)

Levon Hakobyan, 21, first had the dream of opening his own computer and electronics service center when he started his military service. Now, his dream has become a reality thanks to Fund for Armenian Relief’s Non-Formal Education for Returnees Program. “This training helped me to finally make up my mind and spend my time and resources efficiently,” remarked the young entrepreneur who opened up his business in December with his brother, Edgar. In partnership with a local NGO, FAR initiated the Returnees Program in 2016 to help young people between the ages of 20 and 22 who have at least two years of military service, to gain new skills. Between March and June of this year, 42 young men took courses in jewelry making, technology, mechanics, carpentry, natural resource production in mining, etc. The three-month courses are usually held twice a year.

To read more, go to FAR’s blog
To support these programs, Click Here 

Choices: Enough

Հայ Եկեղեցու Հայրեր

Սուրբ Հովհան Մանդակունի Ճառեր

 
Գ. Թուղթ Պահքի պնդության մասին

Սույնով իսկ՝ պահքի պնդությամբ, եւ Մովսեսն ընդունեց աստվածադիր օրենքները, որովհետեւ քառասնօրյա պահքի մաքրությամբ արժանի դարձան մոտենալու Մաքուրին. եւ խոսում էր Նրա հետ՝ իբրեւ բարեկամի (տե՜ս Ելք ԻԴ)։

Սույն պահքի պնդությամբ սրբվեց եւ Թեզբացի Եղիան եւ իր բերանի խոսքով բացեց ու փակեց երկինքը եւ երկնքից կրակ իջեցրեց (տե՜ս Գ Թագ. ԺԸ)։
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY...
CALENDAR OF EVENTS!!
Sunday, July 15 - Armenian Dance Lesson's (See flyer for more details)
Sunday, July 22 - Adult Armenian Dance Lesson's (See flyer for more details)
Monday, July 23 - Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Saturday July 28 - August 4 - HYE CAMP
Sunday, July 29 - Adult Armenian Dance Lesson's (See flyer for more details)
Sunday, August 5 -
Adult Armenian Dance Lesson's (See flyer for more details)
Sunday, August 12 - Assumption of the Theotokos - 
ՎԵՐԱՓՈԽՈՒՄՆ Ս. ԱՍՏՈՒԱԾԱԾՆԻ (more information will follow)

August 11- 12 Summer ARMENIANFEST (See flyer for times)
For a Calendar of Events go to www.stgregorychicago.org/calendar/
ONGOING EVENTS...
Sunday Hours of Worship:
Sunday Morning Service begins at 9:30 am followed by Liturgy at 10:30 am.

Serving the Church:
We welcome everyone who feels that God is calling them to serve in the Church to speak with the pastor. Serving can be in various capacities. Some of these are serving on the Holy Altar, singing in the choir, or being a greeter at the door.

Sunday School:
St. Gregory Armenian Church Sunday school has begun its semester and we invite parents to encourage their children in coming and participating in the Sunday school program. If you have any questions please contact the pastor at dn.narekg@gmail.com

Bible Studies 
We invite everyone to join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month for Bible Study. At 6 pm we invite everyone to join us for a potluck style dinner and then Bible Study. We cover a wide range of topics as we explore our faith and it’s relevance in our everyday life.
Hi there, I am Rev. Dn. Narek Garabedian. I am the Deacon-in-charge and Pastor of St. Gregory Armenian Church of Chicago. Please come and join us every Sunday as we pray and worship our Lord. And afterwards please join us for fellowship where we can share time together, building relationships and family as Armenians and as brothers and sister in Christ. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly at dn.narekg@gmail.com

God Bless Աստուած Օրհնէ!
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